Preparedness Information for Businesses

Downtown Fort Wayne

Businesses contribute to the safety and security of their employees and communities. Our Office encourages businesses to connect, plan, train, and report.  These four steps prepare businesses and their employees for an incident or attack.

The Hometown Security Fact Sheet (pdf) is a resource to help your business plan for and protect from an attack.

Prepare your business for an emergency with guides and toolkits from Ready Business.

Check out the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals on the ASIS website.

Learn how the US DHS recommends you prepare your business for an emergency.

Tier 2 Facilities

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), some businesses must submit hazardous chemical information to: 

  • The Indiana Emergency Response Commission (IERC) 
  • The Allen County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) 
  • Local fire departments 

As long as your business:

  • Has any chemicals that are Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs),
  • Has any chemicals that meet the reporting threshold, determined in the EPA’s List of Lists,
  • Has, at any time, 10,000 pounds or more of any chemical or product onsite,

then your facility needs to submit its Tier 2 reports to IDHS using the online portal, Tier 2 Manager, by March 1 each year.   

New to Tier II Manager? Start here.

All facilities must register for a new user ID and password to use Tier 2 Manager.

Tier 2 Manager Presentation (pdf)

Tier 2 Manager filers cheat sheet (pdf) 

Questions about the "Attachments" section of Tier II Manager?

The four sections under "Attachments" are:

  • Site plan (mandatory)
  • Site coordinate abbreviations (optional)
  • Safeguard measures (optional)
  • Facility emergency response plan (optional)

Read the Site Plan Guidelines (pdf) document to make sure you are checking off the requirements for your site map.

As long as you have each of the below details in any of your attached documents, you will fill the requirements.

  • Emergency response procedures (plans, standard operating procedures [SOP], and/or standard operating guidelines [SOG])
  • Location of your facility plans and SOP/SOG’s within the building (e.g. an office, exit doors, shared computer drive)
  • List of all release detection mechanisms/alarms located at your facility or nearby
  • Equipment and resources onsite to manage hazmat releases
  • Number of trained emergency response personnel available at your facility, their level of hazmat training, and their capabilities
  • Location of primary and secondary evacuation routes from your facility